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2012 NCAA Tournament Picks: Final Four

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2012 NCAA Tournament: Final Four Picks

2012 NCAA Tournament: Semi-Finals

No. 1S Kentucky vs. No. 1W Michigan State
I have three ones and a two here. Sorry for picking all chalk, but as I mentioned, all of the sleeper teams I liked (Memphis, St. Louis, Wichita State) were seeded poorly. I'd have no problem picking any of them to advance to the Final Four if they were in the East bracket. Running into Kentucky and Michigan State early is unfortunate, however.

I love Tom Izzo and dislike John Calipari, so I'm tempted to pick Michigan State. But Kentucky is just too damn good. I think this is the best college basketball team we've seen in quite a while. Anthony Davis is amazing, so I believe he'll have a Carmelo Anthony-esque tournament run, winning a championship as a mere freshman.

2012 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1S Kentucky

No. 2E Ohio State vs. No. 1MW North Carolina
I have North Carolina ahead of Ohio State despite the fact that the Buckeyes have the No. 1 defense in the country. Three key differences: First, the Tar Heels have been much better on the road (I know Ohio State won at Michigan State, but the Spartans suffered an injury in that game). Second, North Carolina has finished on a much better note than the Buckeyes, who have dropped three of their previous eight. And third, Roy Williams is a better NCAA Tournament coach than Thad Matta in terms of overachieving/not underachieving.

2012 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1MW North Carolina

2012 NCAA Tournament: Championship

No. 1S Kentucky vs. No. 1MW North Carolina
Let's hope that this matchup is as good as the first one. Like the first one, I'm picking Kentucky to win. The Wildcats are a slightly better team, and I just don't think that Anthony Davis will be denied. Kentucky is better offensively and defensively, owns a superior point differential, and has a more impressive road record.

John Calipari will finally win the NCAA Tournament, and he'll be able to cherish the championship forever - at least until the NCAA strips it away from him for committing some sort of violation.

2012 NCAA Tournament Pick: No. 1S Kentucky

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Feryal 01-02-2014 04:44 am (total posts: 1)
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The abitily to think like that shows you're an expert
What the heck? 11-15-2013 06:26 pm (total posts: 1)
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Its says temple beat California when you said California wins. Awkward
Kevin 03-18-2012 01:26 am (total posts: 1)
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Guess you know where Norfolk St. is now don't you?
wow 03-16-2012 08:59 pm (total posts: 1)
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way to not pick Norfolk State
waltsucks 03-15-2012 09:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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Great pick on the Shockers!!!!
Ben 03-14-2012 04:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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Pointing out Iowa State's recent woes and using it as ammo to pick UConn huh? Apparently you forgot that UConn is 8-12 since Jan. 1. Nice research.
Spenser 03-14-2012 03:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Kentucky has a better offense than UNC? lol not a chance. they won by 1 @ Rupp. UK gets atleast a 6 point home court advantage. also UNC wins that game if Henson doesnt miss two wide open dunks. revenge is a factor in that game and UNC has been waiting 4 months to see UK again. what happened last time they lost by 1 to a top team (Duke)? they SMASHED them. UNC 75, UK 70.
C Rhodes 03-14-2012 12:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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Will you update your thoughts on the elite 8 matchup? Vandy vs OSU
CJ 03-14-2012 06:05 am (total posts: 1)
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Walt seems to be analyzing the coaches quite a bit, in the UNC/KU match-up in particular. That game will be in St. Louis, and essentially be a home game for Kansas. I asked Walt about this:

CJ: So Walt, what about the actual players in the potential Kansas/North Carolina match-up?

Walt (doing his best Harry Caray impression): Trust me Norm, they won't be a factor!
Some Guy 03-14-2012 01:52 am (total posts: 2)
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I will say though(about Kentucky) that they are the most talented team in the Tourney.
Some Guy 03-14-2012 01:51 am (total posts: 2)
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I don't see Kentucky winning the National Championship, I don't really trust a team with that much inexperience to go all the way. I can easily see them losing to Wichita State.
Basketball writer 03-13-2012 11:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think Walter has a good east bracket, but his one slip up was putting Ohio st beating Vandy. Vandy is the most underrated team in the tourney. Meanwhile Ohio st is the most underrated team in the tourney. Vandy peaking at the right time. I think the Dores have a chance to raise a banner in Nashville this year. What are you guys thoughts on this?
Wow 03-13-2012 05:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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Love the originality in this bracket. 3 #1s and a #2, way to completely mail in your picks this year.

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